Currently visiting friends in Skipton. I am enjoying catching up with them as well as getting out and about.
The adventures of an 18th century imagination, located in Northern Europe formerly ruled over by joint rulers Duke Karl Frederick and Duchess Liv.Not to mention the American colony of Ny Tradgardland the 17th century Colony of New Tradgardstadt and the newly restored territory of the Shetland Isles. Featuring a supporting bill of gaming in a diversity of times,places and scales.Hopefully something to interest all who pop by...
Sunday, 27 February 2022
Friday, 25 February 2022
Some blogs worth reading at the present time.
Here are some blog comments on the current situation. They are put so well l feel that I can add little to their words but rather bring them to your attention in case you haven’t seen them-
Gandalf & Rupert ?
The picture and caption on my Rupert calendar has intrigued me throughout February-
Gandalf ? Rupert? This is from a 1937 story about Rupert. Can you shed any light on this…
Thursday, 24 February 2022
Wintery dérive today
Enjoyed a winter wander this morning to Townhill Loch. Boots not up to the task as they were soaked early on in the walk. Lovely way to start the day walking in the snow.
Tuesday, 22 February 2022
Reading material and little painting
This splendid book arrived yesterday. It is hardback, feels like quality to handle , has excellent type face for reading and is beautifully illustrated-
I got it as I have got caught up in the excitement regarding the forthcoming Amazon series. I have enjoyed the discussions around the teaser posters, Vanity Fair article and trailer. I am cautiously optimistic regarding it. Time will tell…
Been busy out and about etc recently and have done little hobby stuff apart from making plans when on buses and even a few notes on my phone of ideas. Anyway here are some things I am attempting to move forward-
Three Lone Star Bren Carriers for interwar gaming in 54mm, probably using The Portable Wargame on a grid. Some 54mm elves and orcs for fantasy gaming , skirmishes and maybe bigger battles and some 1780s Swedish figures for an imagination project I have been thinking about for some time now.
Sunday, 20 February 2022
Shredded Wheat Building in Welwyn Garden City.
My eldest took loads of photos of this fascinating old building and I took some myself. Here’s a wee bit of info- https://c20society.org.uk/100-buildings/1926-shredded-wheat-factory-welwyn#dismiss-cookie-notice
And my photos-
Saturday, 19 February 2022
Winter Olympics etc
I have been really enjoying the Winter Olympics , especially the biathlon and the ice hockey. The other events are fascinating - the race thingy where four skiers race over bumps at the same time and the half pipe events. It reminded me of an idea I had to try and do a game based on the Norwegian Army ski troop competitions and training in the late 18th century/ early 19th century. These were all comer events ( with prizes competed for) involving skiing, running in skis and firing. I have the details in my books here. Anyway as the weather discouraged me from setting foot over the door I got some ideas on paper and had a go at converting a very cheap knight into a ski trooper.
Friday, 18 February 2022
Follow up to last Durer post of yesterday
Looked out this book today as I thought you might enjoy these drawings. I am particularly intrigued by the woman’s clothes, which are similar to the ones in the exhibition.
Thursday, 17 February 2022
A highlight of my London trip was visiting the Durer exhibition at the National Gallery. It was about his travels and featured the iconic and also the less well known. Small items caught my eye such as pages from his journal not to mention the paintings. It was a fascinating exhibition, not too crowded and thanks to the gallery staff who let us in despite having turned up late as I had got the ticket time wrong in my head.
Wednesday, 16 February 2022
Out and about in Edinburgh two
It was a great exhibition, folk of all ages, fathers showing their family round at half term, parents and children, folk my age , a great mixed crowd. The items were so redolent for many. Loads of photos taken by most people. The chap in the shop said he had heard nothing but praise for the exhibition from his customers. Here are some photos I took -
Tuesday, 15 February 2022
Out and about in Edinburgh today
Was out and about in Edinburgh today and saw these scary fellows-
Fear not gentle reader, they were just the welcome committee for this-
Further photos tomorrow…
Monday, 14 February 2022
Not a grommet in sight
We arrived much later at the Wallace Collection than intended and after lots of walking about. First things first and a visit to the cafe was a must to recharge the batteries. I can recommend the cinnamon buns , excellent in taste and generous in size.
I took the chance to have a look at the armour collection, an old favourite of mine. Rather than flitting about I tried to have a really detailed look at a few pieces, inevitably the fifteenth century stuff ( whilst in the cafe we saw Tobias Capwell showing someone round, his Instagram etc are well worth a look btw) which is my favourite. Again I marvelled at the armourer’s skill, it was worth taking time…
Although it was nearly time for the Collection to close l was not rushed out by the attendants and could look ,admire and wonder in peace.